ETSU’s Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of classes and activities during the fall session, which runs from Sept. 22-Oct. 28. Sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Wednesday.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants at a continental breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 9:30 a.m., at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, followed by a welcome and update by Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services Dr. Roberta Herrin. The ETSU Bluegrass and Old Time Band will be performing at the welcome event. Fall classes will also be held at the Memorial Park Community Center.

Among the sessions available, Dr. John Martin, retired minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, will present “Three Approaches to Understanding Religion.” Deborah Montanti, executive director of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, will offer “The Relocation of the Chuckey Train Depot, Cemetery Preservation in Jonesborough and the Chester Inn Museum” and Dr. Scott Champney will talk about his hobby of building model boats and ships. Dr. John Rankin, professor in the History Department at ETSU, will discuss “Admiral Horatio Nelson: Death and Desire.”

Dr. Brian Maxson, professor of history and assistant dean of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies, will give a virtual tour of Florence, Italy. In a presentation by Dr. Donald Hudson of King University, attendees will explore the differences between moderate and militant Islam. Dr. Andrew Slap, a professor of history at ETSU, will offer “Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and the Constitution During the Civil War Era.”

Jeffery Stoner will discuss his passion for Low Country photographic explorations in the coastal areas from Charleston, South Carolina, to Jekyll Island, Georgia. Pete Lodal, Safety Engineer at Eastman Chemical Co., will present “Tennessee Eastman’s Aniline Plant Explosion on October 4, 1960.”

Field trips are planned to the Storytelling Center in Jonesborough on Sept. 30 for a fee of $10, and to the Butler Museum and Watauga Lake Winery on Oct. 14, at a cost of $15.

Sponsored by the ETSU Office of Professional Development, the ACL is “member-powered, member-driven and member-governed.” Participants decide the study groups, forums, classes and other activities to be held, identify leaders for the sessions, and elect officers.

No educational prerequisites, examinations, or grades are involved in the courses. A $40 early registration fee is in effect until Sept.17, rising to $45 after that date. Participants may attend any or all sessions, with additional fees for field trips.

For more information or a schedule of classes, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 423-439-8084 or visit and click on “Community Groups.” For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346..


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